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Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases (Oxford Quick Reference) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199543687
ISBN-10: 0199543682
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Review from previous edition: "frightfully good value. Clarifies those little words and letters that so often puzzle" --Express

"a delight to peruse" --Toby Lichtig, Times Literary Supplement

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Andrew Delahunty is a freelance lexicographer who has authored and contributed to a wide range of dictionary and reference works.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Quick Reference
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199543682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199543687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While not as comprehensive as I would have hoped, this dictionary of the more commonly used foreign words and phrases in English writing and conversation today is helpful on many counts. With the Oxford Press imprimatur, one can be certain the scholarship is sound and authoritative and the book is well organized, of a handy size and easy to use. Unlike many paperback references, it is printed on good paper, the type is crisp and clear and of a good size (no squinting required!). Physically the book is reader friendly and "built" to hold up under frequent/frantic flipping and searching(i.e., under the pressure of "deadline rush"). Overall, a worthy purchase and a nice addition to any hardworking wordsmith's reference shelf.
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This is a helpful book & probably the best of the lot. My 3 star rating is because I felt there were far, far too many references to dance, opera, & classical music. I would assume that aficionados in these would already know these terms. And some definitions were incomplete. For example, panga, in Mexico, is a small open boat with an outboard motor and paseo also means a pass or a road. But my biggest gripe is the pronunciation guide, which is a series of symbols that may be meaningful for a linguist, but just requires a constant, pain-in-the-butt referral to the front of the book to find out what they mean. Can't the "sh" sound just be "sh" instead of some funny icon. Other dictionaries have few of these strange icons.
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I speak and write only English, but sometimes find foreign words and phrases useful in writing, as a way to emphasize a point. To do this one has to be mindful of making sure what the foreign phrase really means. The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases is a very useful reference.
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